I-75 at 9 Mile Road in Hazel Park, north of Detroit MI: tanker explosion (w/video)

A gasoline tanker exploded at I-75 and 9 Mile Road.  Here’s what I was able to find out.  No photos posted here, a few videos embedded, you will find plenty by clicking through.

Fire crews are on the scene of the crash 10 miles north of downtown Detroit. Police are ordering onlookers gathered along the top of the embankments along the crash site to move back to avoid exposure to toxic smoke.

WXYZ has a photo set with dramatic photos of the fire scene.

HAZEL PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) – A tanker truck–and possibly two or three semi trucks–has exploded in the vacinity of northbound I-75/I-696/Nine Mile Road in Hazel Park, causing a massive fire and explosion.

Twitter user kevindavis1914 is on the scene and posted photos of black smoke clouds.

I-75” is a trending topic on Twitter; no coverage yet from CNN, NY Times, MSNBC.

Detroit.Traffic.Com shows I-75 closed between 8 Mile Road and I-696.

update: an 8 minute live video clip from WXYZ

update: Macomb Daily story

The driver of the tanker escaped with minor injuries, asking authorities to call his Lansing-based company to let them know he made it out of the vehicle, which was engulfed in flames that covered the freeway and reached up beyond the overpass.


Update: SEMCOG historical crash data for the area, not including this crash, showing the roads in the immediate vicinity.

Update: Fox 2 WJBK video

Power outages map from DTE Energy shows 2000-5000 people in the vicinity without power:
Picture 7

Update: Youtube video from @traviswolf; he writes “my house is 1 block in from the 75 service drive at nine mile. this is basically my back yard.

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